The Doobie Brothers are working on music for Las Vegas residency shows

By Saige Miller on October 25, 2019
INDIO, CA – MAY 01: The Doobie Brothers perform onstage during 2016 Stagecoach California’s Country Music Festival at Empire Polo Club on May 01, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

By Saige Miller

There’s no taking the groove out of the Doobie Brothers! After recently being nominated for induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the Brothers think it’s time for some new music.

As The Doobie Brothers gear up for their eighth-residency show at the Venetian in Vegas, Patrick Simmons said the band is ready to spark things up a bit.

“We’ve been saying that we’d like to do a few different things, probably — some different songs that maybe people haven’t heard before,” Simmons told UCR. “We’ve got some brand new music that we’ve recorded, and we’re thinking about maybe pulling a couple of those out and learning them to play live. We’re going to bring a horn section with us, I think.”

In recent performances, the Doobies have been incorporating more brass instruments into the mix. The horn contribution seems to jive well with the group–the section inspires interaction on stage. “Something a little special for us and the audience,” said Simmons.

The musical changes they’ve made have become the most memorable parts of their show. “That’s the moment when you get to challenge yourself and try different things,” Simmons explains. “I really enjoy those opportunities to improvise and hopefully play something you never really played before.”

Aside from showcasing new music on stage, the Doobies plan on releasing new music in 2020! They are keeping the tunes under lock and key, but Simmons is sure it won’t disappoint.

“We’re still kind of trying to figure out what’s going on with it all,” Simmons confesses. “I can say it’s some good rockin’ stuff and there’s one ballad. The rest is pretty much guitar-oriented rock ‘n’ roll.”

The Doobie Brothers Vegas concerts will begin February 7th.

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